CHPCA – Policy Alert – UPDATE II Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
Bill C-14, called An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (or Medical Assistance in Dying) was passed by parliament on Friday June 17, 2016 and has received Royal Assent.
To view the process, committee reports, debates and proposed amendments CLICK HERE.
The key highlights of the final iteration of the legislation are as follows:
The more restrictive version of the legislation preferred by the government has been enacted into law. The Senate proposed several amendments when they sent the bill back to the House of Commons on June 15 including removing the requirement that a person’s death must be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible for medical assistance in dying. The final criteria for eligibility are as follows. You must:
- be eligible for health services funded by the federal government, or a province or territory
- Generally, visitors to Canada are not eligible for medical assistance in dying.
- be at least 18 years old and mentally competent (this means capable of making health care decisions for yourself);
- have a grievous and irremediable medical condition;
- make a request for medical assistance in dying which is not the result of outside pressure or influence; and,
- give informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying (this means you have consented to medical assistance in dying after being given all of the information needed to make your decision. This includes information about:
- your medical diagnosis
- available forms of treatment
- available options to relieve suffering, including palliative care
2016 Roadshow Information
The reality of hospice palliative care often means compassionate companionship in a caring, supportive setting. However, it may also include awkward family dynamics, difficult spiritual questions, pain and suffering, and even ethical issues such as physician assisted death.
Volunteers, professionals, caregivers, family members, and individuals can learn to navigate some of these real life problems in hospice palliative care at AHPCA’s 2016 Roadshow.
“It’s About Life: Navigating the Reality of Hospice Palliative Care” is an interactive full-day workshop which will help you develop practical strategies through inspiring discussions, self-reflection, and thought provoking case studies provided by our Roadshow communities and guest presenter.
Presenter: Dr. David Falk
Dr. David Falk, highly respected and well-known Alberta physician and educator, has been teaching volunteers, nurses, medical students, family medicine residents, palliative care residents, and physicians in palliative care for over twelve years. He has also served as a hospice Medical Director and the Palliative Care Consultant for the Calgary zone.
2016 Roadshow Locations
Registration is now open. Click on the location button for more…
Wednesday May 4, 2016
Town of Banff/Town of Canmore FCSS
Monday October 3, 2016
Edson FCSS Program
Wednesday June 01, 2016
Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society
Tuesday June 14, 2016
Red Deer Hospice Society
AHPCA’s first annual Speak Up Over Tea a Successful Afternoon!
AHPCA held their first Speak Up Over Tea in Calgary on Advance Care Planning day, April 16, to offer members and guests a chance to learn about completing Advance Care Plans while enjoying ‘high tea’ with delicious bite size sandwiches and delightful goodies.
2015 Imagine Conference
Connecting Hospice Palliative Care Communities Conference
What happens when you gather 40 participants from 18 different hospice palliative groups from across Alberta in one place at the same time? You get the excitement, passion, and inspiration that was “Imagine 2015.”
On Saturday November 14, 2015, the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) hosted their second annual “Imagine: Connecting Hospice Palliative Care Communities” conference in Nisku. Through Imagine AHPCA supports Alberta’s hospice palliative care communities by providing an opportunity for networking and education. This year’s conference was made possible through generous funding by the Nickle Family Foundation.
The participants agreed; the most important aspect of the day, other than the newly acquired skills and knowledge, was the opportunity for individuals to network with other hospice palliative care people from across the province.
“I’m amazed at the diversity, resiliency, and determination of other hospice palliative care agencies.”
“I’m blown away by the outstanding work going on in Alberta – I need to stay in touch with others more often!”
“The highlight of Imagine 2015 was seeing the passion people have for palliative hospice care in our province.”